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2003 Ford Escape...Transmission light flashing occasionally, car wont accelerate over 20 mph. Shop says catylitic converter???

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A converter should last 15 to 20 years ,if you have no issues
You obviously have issues,stop everything, and find problems and correct first,before replacing a converter.
The converter,like everything else, has to be tested,before replacing.
Might need a better repair shop

Posted on Oct 12, 2010

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  • alisonpullen Oct 13, 2010

    Thank you!! But they said they think the converter is clogged and that is what is causing the problem. Is that possible?

  • Anonymous Oct 13, 2010

    I wouldn't think a clogged converter would limit you to 20mph.
    It would be slow to accelerate from 20 to 50.

    Also you have to diagnose the trans issues,could be related to you giving it more throttle to get going,and the shift stratagy is off a little

    Again Converters don't fail,they are ruined,by over heating,rich fuel mixtures ,etc.
    So you got or had something going on that took it out. Find the problems

  • alisonpullen Oct 14, 2010

    thank you

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